Kumasi — Techiman Eleven Wonders played their hearts out but succumbed 0-1 to Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the week 12 match of the ongoing special Normalization Competition at the Baba Yara stadium, yesterday.
Kotoko humbled the visitors in their own backyard 3-0 in the first round of the competition and were huge favourites ahead of the game.
But, the visitors proved they were not mere pushovers as they pinned the host to their own half of the field with a fantastic display to end the half goalless.
Songne Yacouba was brought on 12 minutes into the second half to play his first game since Kotoko was edged out of the Confederation Cup competition, but much was not seen of him though he nearly fetched the opener with a flick that went over the bar on the 60th minute.
The visitors were a delight to watch again in the second half as they lifted up their game and combined speed and accurate passes to unsettle Kotoko.
In a goal mouth melee, referee Bismarck Appiah awarded a penalty to Kotoko in the 77th minute for Abdul Ganui to slot home the only goal of the afternoon.